RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 23: Chad LaRose #59 of the Carolina Hurricanes is stick checked by Jesse Joensuu #6 of the New York Islanders as he wraps the puck around to the front of the net where goaltender Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders waits to make a save during their NHL game at PNC Arena on April 23, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday